Presentation on theme: "Kashgar Dental Mission Xinjiang, China 18 th to 26 th September 2006 Dr. Shirley Yap Dr. Chua Chee Haow Dr. Jerry Lian."— Presentation transcript:
Kashgar Dental Mission Xinjiang, China 18 th to 26 th September 2006 Dr. Shirley Yap Dr. Chua Chee Haow Dr. Jerry Lian
Kashgar from top of Kashgar Peoples Number 1 Hospital Old City New City
(Kashgar is a prefecture of the province of Xinjiang in China. The population in Xinjiang consists of mainly the minority races in China. They are the Uygurs, Mongolians, Kazats, descendants and mixed races from the Middle-East, Eastern Europe and Russia. Historically, Kashgar had been the main trade route of the Silk Road, where culture, knowledge and products of the east and west met. Recent efforts by the Central Government to develop and populate this province with Chinese from other provinces have lead to an increased number in Chinese in Xinjiang.)
Weekend animal market
Atria-Pan Dental Group was invited by the FIDA International in Kashgar to support the launch of their oral health program. FIDA International was working in collaboration with the Kashgar Prefecture Health Bureau to improve the living conditions of the people through raising awareness and educating them about their environment, health and hygiene. Examples of the projects that were carried out included training of village health workers, improving of communal toilets in the villages, sourcing of potable water etc. FIDA International funded most of these projects.
We worked with professionals from Kashgar Peoples Number 1 and 2 Hospitals, Kashgar Prefecture Health Bureau, Yopurga Peoples Hospital, private practice, FIDA International, Yopurga Health Bureau and Yopurga TV Station.
Yopurga Peoples HospitalKashgar Peoples Number 1 Hospital Yopurga TV StationPrivate Dental Clinic
Our mission was to educate and raise awareness of good oral health starting with school children, and to involve and motivate local dentists to realize their role in raising the standards of dental healthcare in their community.
End of a hard days work.. From left : Three village health workers, Dr Zamina from Yopurga Peoples Hospital, Dr Shirley Yap, principle of Village Number 9 Primary School Aqqik Township, village health worker, Dr Chua Chee Haow, Dr Kasim head of oral and maxillofacial surgery department of Kashgar Peoples Number 1 Hospital and Mr Karim from FIDA International Back : Dr Jerry Lian
Number 9 Primary School Two schools in Yopurga County, Village Number 9 Primary School Aqqik Township and Village Number 4 Primary School Ashma Township were selected as models for dental healthcare. This would help set up dental healthcare structures and improve community dental care network in the villages.
Over 450 students received dental screenings and dental-care education by the dental professionals.
Dental health drawing competition
Judging the artwork.. The importance of tooth brushing, diet and dental disease was reinforced through a drawing competition which was organized in conjunction with a national China Love Teeth Day event.
A total of 2 principals, 26 teachers and 20 village doctors received dental care lessons from the dental professionals. They learnt the right tooth brushing technique and how to perform simple dental screening of school children.
Approximately 140 students were treated for dental problems, of which 94 cases were dental fillings and 46 cases were dental extractions.
A hands-on seminar was conducted to teach modern Root Canal techniques as well as ART techniques, which would be convenient and useful in rural areas.
Explaining ART to local healthcare workers
The project was well received. The success of the oral health program will require continuous support and reinforcement in many years to come.